Get out comparison – you’re not stealing my joy!

Magpie_swooping_signThank goodness for the wonderful online community of jewelry artists! I stumbled upon an amazing video today in my email. (Yes, in my own inbox – don’t even get me started on how scary it is in there, yet another to-do item.) Anyway, I’m *so* glad that I had subscribed to Laura Hagan’s blog posts. She shared a moment of discouragement and self doubt that really struck home for me today – and even better, she spoke about getting past it.

She makes beautiful pieces, so it was amazing to me to hear her speak on self doubt – and it really gave me a boost to know I’m not alone in these types of feelings. It can be a bit scary when you decide to follow your dream, it’s a lot easier to just talk about it. I’m glad there are other regular down to earth people willing to share their journey. Thanks Laura!

Here’s a link to her post – very empowering! Art Show Psych Out


Blog: What is work, anyway?

IMG_0573Okay, I’ve lost too much time lately to my new “day job” – is that what I call it? I’m wary of calling it my “real job” because I’m trying to get going on this Magpie stuff – so I should see at my jewelry biz as my “real job” then – right? All so new and too confusing – I’m still adjusting to the realization that I’m finally making a go at doing what I love! Add to that my penchant for getting sidetracked in details and you’ve got a recipe for long-time-no-blog. What my family and friends so lovingly refer to as perfectionism (probably closer to OCD) can also be a bit of a problem: ie: today when my husband (Gosh he’s brave!-did I mention that I also harbor a bit of a rebellious/stubborn streak?) told me I was spending too much time messing about (sucked into the computer) perfecting logos and business cards and needed to get back to actually making some jewelry!

Well, he was right. So I printed out the earring cards and got those set. Maybe not perfect, but they sure looks better than my pile of finished pieces on a tray! Then I finally got my torch out to play with – it was a Christmas gift. I’ve been wanting to experiment with making some balled headpins. I tried several gauges of wire and had fun with it. I also learned a few things – always fun to experiment! I needed this reminder to let myself play – that’s when the creativity comes.

Here are my first balled headpins. I’ve already made a couple things with them and have some ideas of what I want to try next! So…back to playtime!